New York Jets Fire General Manager Mike Tannenbaum

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2012

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson has announced that general manager Mike Tannenbaum has been fired following the team's 6-10 season: 

Woody Johnson announced this morning that GM Mike Tannenbaum will not return to Jets in 2013.

— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 31, 2012

Woody Johnson on keeping Rex Ryan: "I believe that he has the passion, the talent, and the drive to successfully lead our team." #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 31, 2012

This was a disastrous season for the Jets, who had to endure the loss of superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis basically all year, the constant struggles of Mark Sanchez and everything involving Tim Tebow

Tannenbaum has been with the Jets since 1997. Following the 2009-10 season, he signed an extension with the team that would keep him as general manager through 2014. 

During Tannenbaum’s tenure as general manager, the Jets did have some success. They did play in back-to-back AFC Championship Games in 2009 and 2010, but were never able to get over that hump.

The last two years basically spelled the end of Tannenbaum with the franchise he has been with for 16 years. The team missed the playoffs with an 8-8 record in 2011, losing their last three games to fall out of contention.

Then came 2012, when everything fell apart. The Tebow situation became more of a headache than anything else. The team basically started falling down a hill and there was no stopping until the season finally ended. 

This will be one of the most attractive jobs this offseason, as the franchise is not that far from competing and the market will bring a lot of attention, both positive and negative, to whoever gets the gig. 

There is a foundation for success in place with the Jets right now, there are just a few slight tweaks that the next general manager will need to be make in order to get them back into playoff contention.